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(Re)Thinking Sex: Queer Legal Theory and Socio-Legal Perspectives on Sexuality (Advert Reference: RDF22/BL/LAW/ASHFORD)


   Faculty of Business and Law

  Prof C Ashford  Friday, February 18, 2022  Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

Gayle Rubin’s landmark 1984 essay Thinking Sex: Notes for a Radical Theory of the Politics of Sexuality has inspired a range of queer theorists in the decades that followed, with her Sex Hierarchy forming an important element of framing behaviours and identity politics. Rubin also noted in her 2011 reflective article Blood Under the Bridge: Reflections on “Thinking Sex” that an aspect of the original essay that she was particularly proud was her concept of ‘protoqueerness’. Rubin sought to move ‘beyond single issues and single constituencies, from women and lesbians and gay men to analyses that could incorporate and address with more intricacy the cross-identification and multiple subject positions that most of us occupy.’ Rubin also sought in her original essay to engage with social and economic change, for example in relation to queer spaces. This project will use Rubin’s classic work and her subsequent reflections, drawing upon the sex hierarchy model to examine behaviour(s) identified (for example, but not limited to, her contrast between vanilla or ‘S/M’, pornography/no pornography, coupled/alone or in a group) and provide an original contribution examining the phenomena through a legal lens. 

Proposals should clearly address how they propose to do this with a clear methodology, which is likely to include empirical work. This should be designed so as to be conducted remotely if national regulations and guidance require. Proposals should clearly situate their proposal in specific queer literature and queer legal theory.

This research project will be conducted within the Gender, Sexuality, and Law Research Group in the Faculty of Business and Law where you will join a rich and thriving research community. Examples of doctoral work that has been undertaken within this group include: same sex relationships and normative expectations; kink pornography and legal consciousness; equality and anti-discrimination law; international law, detention and sexual orientation and gender identity; and dating apps and HIV disclosure.

Eligibility and How to Apply:

Please note eligibility requirement:

  • Academic excellence of the proposed student i.e. 2:1 (or equivalent GPA from non-UK universities [preference for 1st class honours]); or a Masters (preference for Merit or above); or APEL evidence of substantial practitioner achievement.
  • Appropriate IELTS score, if required.
  • Applicants cannot apply for this funding if currently engaged in Doctoral study at Northumbria or elsewhere or if they have previously been awarded a PhD.

For further details of how to apply, entry requirements and the application form, see

https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/research/postgraduate-research-degrees/how-to-apply/

Please note: Applications that do not include a research proposal of approximately 1,000 words (not a copy of the advert), or that do not include the advert reference (e.g. RDF22/BL/LAW/ASHFORD) will not be considered.

Deadline for applications: 18 February 2022

Start Date: 1 October 2022

Northumbria University takes pride in, and values, the quality and diversity of our staff. We welcome applications from all members of the community.

Principal Supervisor - Professor Chris Ashford


Funding Notes

Each studentship supports a full stipend, paid for three years at RCUK rates (for 2021/22 full-time study this is £15,609 per year) and full tuition fees. UK and international (including EU) candidates may apply.
Studentships are available for applicants who wish to study on a part-time basis over 5 years (0.6 FTE, stipend £9,365 per year and full tuition fees) in combination with work or personal responsibilities.
Please also read the full funding notes which include advice for international and part-time applicants.

References

Ashford, C, and Longstaff, G (2021) ‘(Re)regulating Gay Sex in Viral Times: COVID-19 and the Impersonal Intimacy of the Glory Hole’, Culture, Health & Sexuality (online first)
Ashford, C (2021) ‘Gender, Sexuality and the Law School: (Re)thinking Blackstone’s Tower with Queer and Feminist Theory’, Amicus Curiae, 2(3): 450-473.
Ashford, C, Morris, M, and Powell, A (2020) ‘Bareback Sex in the Age of Preventative Medication: Rethinking the ‘Harms’ of HIV Transmission’, The Journal of Criminal Law. 84(6): 596-614.
Ashford, C and Maine, A. (eds.) (2020) Research Handbook on Gender, Sexuality and the Law, Edward Elgar.
Laura Graham (2017) ‘Governing sex work through crime: creating the context for violence and exploitation’, The Journal of Criminal Law 81(3) 201-216.

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